Baseball is back, I’ve been waiting all winter to be able to say that. In this daily article I will be expressing some of my top cash plays for each night’s MLB main-slate on Draftkings. Getting right into it we have a nine-game slate with a 4 PM ET lock to kick-off the 2019 MLB season. Make sure you join us in chat as we fully break down the slate and the other MLB analyst as well as myself list our core plays. You can also follow me on twitter @DRockDFS. Most stats and projections are directly from the FTA+ MLB Dashboard, Join today using the promo code FTAMarch for 50% off your initial subscription.
Justin Verlander, HOU ($11,000)
When it comes to cash games on the main slate, I am paying up for Verlander and just moving on. I don’t think I really need to sell you on him but he is coming into this season with a career 23.9% K rate and posted a 34.8% K rate last season. He has the lowest IRTA on the slate at 3.01 and is gets a pitcher friendly Tampa ball park and a Rays team that struck out at a 22.4% clip in 2018.
Javier Baez, CHC (SS, $4800)
The runner-up in the 2018 NL MVP balloting under 5K, yes please. The Cubs start the season on the road in Texas with the highest IRT on the slate, 5.06, going up against the not so young LHP Mike Minor. Baez will get a big park upgrade and in 2018 had a .384 wOBA and a .269 ISO against LHP. Baez is also a catchers nightmare as he is always a threat to steal a bag with his magical sliding ability. Get him in now while he is still under $5K.
Josh Bell, PIT (1B, $3700)
Has anyone seen Luis Castillo in Spring Training? It was not pretty as he posted a 12.46 ERA in 4 appearances. In 2018 Josh Bell posted a .341 wOBA against LHP to ago along with a .152 ISO and 34.1 HHR. Castillo gave up a 38.4 HHR in 2018, and Bell is also getting a nice Park upgrade in Cincinnati today. The temperature is suppose to be in the 60’s and the the Pirates come into their opening game supporting a 3.86 IRT.
Kris Bryant, CHC (3B, $5400)
It is no surprise that I like the Cubs today and I will most likely have 2-3 in cash today. $5400 for Bryant still seems a little cheap to me given his upside. Bryant had a down year last season due to injury but is healthy and ready for a big rebound season. Even hurt he still posted an elite .461 wOBA and a .349 ISO against LHP last year and a 41.1 HHR. Opposing pitcher Mike minor is not a young gun no more and in 2018 had a 4.83 xFIP, 37.5 HHR, and a 47.2 FBR against RHB. Highest IRT on the slate, park boost, and good weather conditions in March, the former NL MVP is my #DFSHRCall for Opening Day.
Mike Trout, LAA (OF, $5600)
I think we all know about the mega contract Trout got so I’ll save you the time and just talk about the mega game he could have to start the season. The Angels have an IRT of 4.3 and are going up against Mike Fiers and the Oakland A’s. Fiers already has 1 start on the season due to opening last week in Japan against Seattle. In 3 IP Fiers gave up 5 ER and didn’t see the 4th inning. Last year Trout had a .457 wOBA and .338 ISO against RHP, while Fiers had a 4.46 xFIP and gave up 1.84 HR/9 to RHB. He is expensive but well worth it to me.S
Leonys Martin, CLE (OF, $3300)
Looking for a cheaper play on today’s slate. Cleveland is banged up to start the year and looks like Francisco Lindor is going to start the year on the injured list. You will have to make a couple punts to get up to Trout and some top tier pitching and Martin is looking likely to be leading off to start the season. Martin has had a good spring and supported a .344 wOBA and a 40.7 HHR against LHP in 2018.
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